Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.69
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.52 / 4.00 Kevin Jenkins
Climate Action and Energy Manager
Center for Sustainability
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Total energy consumption, performance year:
281,836.27 MMBtu

Clean and renewable electricity (report kilowatt-hours):
kWh MMBtu
Imported electricity from certified/verified clean and renewable sources (i.e., bundled green power purchases) 0 Kilowatt-hours 0 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site, clean and renewable sources (rights retained/retired) 178,275 Kilowatt-hours 608.27 MMBtu

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable electricity:

A brief description of the on-site renewable electricity generating facilities/devices:

SCU-owned, renewable rights retained:
50 kW PV on the roof of the Facilities building.
25 kW PV on the roof of St. Clare Residence Hall.
7 kW PV on the roof of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center.
7.3 kW PV on roof of the 2007 Solar Decathlon house.
10.8 kW PV on the roof of the 2009 Solar Decathlon house.
25.7 kW PV on the roof of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery & Innovation.

Clean and renewable thermal energy (report MMBtu):
Clean and renewable stationary fuels used on-site to generate thermal energy 0 MMBtu
Imported steam, hot water, and/or chilled water from certified/verified clean and renewable sources 0 MMBtu

A brief description of the clean and renewable stationary fuels:

A brief description of the certified/verified sources of clean and renewable thermal energy:

Unbundled renewable energy products (report kWh):
kWh MMBtu
Purchased RECs, GOs, I-RECs or equivalent unbundled renewable energy products certified by a third party 31,161,000 Kilowatt-hours 106,321.33 MMBtu

A brief description of the unbundled renewable energy products:

SCU purchased Green Power RECs through 3Degrees for 2021. 3Degrees offers Multiple Mix Products (MMP). The MMP is sold in blocks of 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). The MMP is made up of the following renewable resources; Wind, Solar, Biomass, Landfill Gas, Geothermal, or Hydroelectric. The MMP is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

Total clean and renewable energy generated or purchased:
106,929.61 MMBtu

Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for clean and renewable energy is available:
Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass 1.30
Coal 0
Geothermal 4.30
Hydro 7.70
Natural gas 54.20
Nuclear 0
Solar photovoltaic 8
Wind 4.80
Other (please specify and explain below) 19.60

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

"Unspecified sources of power" means electricity from transactions that are not traceable to specific generation sources.

Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass 0
Coal 0
Electricity 0
Fuel oil 0
Geothermal 0
Natural gas 100
Other (please specify and explain below) 0

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

SCU’s electricity is 6% from on-site solar, 61% from Silicon Valley Power (SVP), and 33% from Bloom Energy. Bloom Energy is entirely natural gas. SVP’s grid mix was collected from the most recent Silicon Valley Power Content Label in 2021: http://www.siliconvalleypower.com/svp-and-community/about-svp/power-content-label

SCU also has on-site PPA, renewable rights not retained: 1 mW PV on the roof of Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, Leavey Event Center, and the Parking Structure.

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